Great Photos and News Coverage of the Pope’s Visit to Scotland

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Scotland has done us all proud; suddenly the anti-Catholic campaign has lost its power


… It was clear that all the last minute attempts to wreck the visit had failed; the sheer warmth of that Scottish welcome had swept all that away. There were some splendid touches; Cardinal O’Brien’s production of a load of scarves in the specially commissioned Papal tartan was a brilliant idea, as was the very notion of a Papal tartan; and to drape a scarf over the Pope’s shoulders, so that he rode through the streets clad in tartan (the wearing of which, remember, was made illegal after the final defeat of attempts to place a Catholic pretender on the throne) was a stroke of historical genius.

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A day that shook the foundations of Britain’s Protestant myth


How odd that it should be the Guardian that grasped the magnitude of what happened yesterday. Andrew Brown, religion editor of Comment is Free, and the possessor of an intellect as mighty and muddled as that of Rowan Williams, writes:

This was the end of the British Empire. In all the four centuries from Elizabeth I to Elizabeth II, England has been defined as a Protestant nation. The Catholics were the Other; sometimes violent terrorists and rebels, sometimes merely dirty immigrants. The sense that this was a nation specially blessed by God arose from a deeply anti-Catholic reading of the Bible. Yet it was central to English self-understanding when Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in 1952 [sic], and swore to uphold the Protestant religion by law established.

For all of those 400 or so years it would have been unthinkable that a pope should stand in Westminster Hall and praise Sir Thomas More, who died to defend the pope’s sovereignty against the king’s. Rebellion against the pope was the foundational act of English power. And now the power is gone, and perhaps the rebellion has gone, too.

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Excerpts from Pope Benedict’s speech to Catholic pupils in London

Pope Benedict urged Catholic schoolchildren in London on Friday to strive to become saints and to aim for more than just just money or fame.

Here are excerpts from his speech:

“…I hope that among those of you listening to me today there are some of the future saints of the twenty-first century. What God wants most of all for each one of you is that you should become holy. … Let me explain what I mean. When we are young, we can usually think of people that we look up to, people we admire, people we want to be like. It could be someone we meet in our daily lives that we hold in great esteem. Or it could be someone famous. We live in a celebrity culture, and young people are often encouraged to model themselves on figures from the world of sport or entertainment. My question for you is this: what are the qualities you see in others that you would most like to have yourselves? What kind of person would you really like to be?

“When I invite you to become saints, I am asking you not to be content with second best. I am asking you not to pursue one limited goal and ignore all the others. Having money makes it possible to be generous and to do good in the world, but on its own, it is not enough to make us happy. Being highly skilled in some activity or profession is good, but it will not satisfy us unless we aim for something greater still. It might make us famous, but it will not make us happy. Happiness is something we all want, but one of the great tragedies in this world is that so many people never find it, because they look for it in the wrong places. The key to it is very simple – true happiness is to be found in God. We need to have the courage to place our deepest hopes in God alone, not in money, in a career, in worldly success, or in our relationships with others, but in God. Only he can satisfy the deepest needs of our hearts.

“… You all know what it is like when you meet someone interesting and attractive, and you want to be that person’s friend. You always hope they will find you interesting and attractive, and want to be your friend. God wants your friendship. And once you enter into friendship with God, everything in your life begins to change. … You are attracted to the practice of virtue. You begin to see greed and selfishness and all the other sins for what they really are, destructive and dangerous tendencies that cause deep suffering and do great damage, and you want to avoid falling into that trap yourselves. You begin to feel compassion for people in difficulties and you are eager to do something to help them. You want to come to the aid of the poor and the hungry, you want to comfort the sorrowful, you want to be kind and generous. And once these things begin to matter to you, you are well on the way to becoming saints…

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Al Qaeda threat to murder Pope foiled in London

Scotland Yard arrested five Algerian men at dawn Friday, Sept. 17 following intelligence of a potential terrorist threat to Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to London. The Counter-Terror Command ordered the arrests at business premises in central London and homes in Muslim areas of East and North London where searches continue. The five suspects aged from 26 to 50 are not British nationals and were employed by a private street cleaning service. They are suspected of “the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism Act 2000. A papal spokesman said the pontiff was calm and his UK schedule would remain unchanged.

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U.K. Catholic convert: The Catholic Church is a “bulwark” in the defense of Christian civilization against secularism.

London, England, Sep 15, 2010 / 08:19 am (CNA).- Belfast-born author and journalist Leo McKinstry has said an anti-Catholic mood before the papal visit to the U.K. is comparable to the sectarianism of Northern Ireland. He blamed the antagonism upon the “politically correct spirit of our age” which emphasizes moral relativism and self-gratification.

McKinstry, a conservative who has written several books, announced his own impending conversion to Catholicism in The Daily Mail on Tuesday. He told how he had a sudden insight into religion in a Venetian chapel when he realized that the “poetry and symbolism” of Catholic ritual are metaphorical devices to evoke a spiritual reaction.

His conversion might seem “extraordinary” because he was raised as a Protestant in Ulster. However, his conversion also runs counter to the “aggressively secular, anti-Christian” nature of modern Britain where the Catholic Church is believed to be “outmoded, reactionary, irrelevant and superstitious.”

“This anti-Catholic mood has been at its most palpable in the run-up to Pope Benedict’s state visit this week, much of it led by militant atheists who, in the name of tolerance, have become utterly intolerant of manifestations of traditional Christian faith,” McKinstry wrote.

He added that he sees a similarity between Northern Ireland sectarianism and anti-papal feeling in Britain today. The Protestant minister Rev. Ian Paisley’s announcement of a demonstration against Pope Benedict’s visit to Glasgow is an action “no different from the noisy army of frenzied secularists,” McKinstry remarked.

Atheist polemicist Richard Dawkins has described the Pope as “a leering old villain in a frock,” while the author Claire Rayner has declared she has never felt “such animus against any individual as I do against this creature.”

“His views are so disgusting, so repellent and so hugely damaging to the rest of us that the only thing to do is to get rid of him,” Rayner has commented.

In McKinstry’s view, these opinions are “alarming but hardly surprising” in a society where Catholicism is “marginalized and despised.”

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Pope criticised in luminaries’ letter

Critics in the U.K. have released a letter saying the Vatican has “been responsible for: Opposing the distribution of condoms and so increasing large families in poor countries and the spread of Aids; promoting segregated education; denying abortion to even the most vulnerable women; opposing equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people; failing to address the many cases of abuse of children within its own organisation”.

Let’s take these objections one at a time …

Condoms:

Despite Church opposition, condoms have been in world-wide use for generations, by Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Babies continue to be born. Aids continues to spread. If condom use was the answer, the problem would already have been solved.

The Church teaches that abstinence/chastity or monogamous, marital sexuality is the only real solution to the Aids problem.  There is currently, no other solution, and all the facts bear this out.

Conversely, the Church does not view human procreation as a problem. Children are a gift from God. You can never have too many of them. To believe anything else would indicate a profound lack of faith in the providence of God.

The usual cause of widespread starvation and disease is political in nature, often the result of war, religious persecution, or acts of genocide. Artificial birth control plays no part in any of these. Man’s inhumanity to man, most certainly does.

Promoting Segregated Education:

What are these guys smoking? Catholic schools have traditionally offered the best possible education for children of every race, color, and creed, the world over. If by segregated, these guys are referring to some unknown and unfounded civil right that says homosexuality must be promoted in schools, then they better find a better word to describe it. The word morality would be good!

Denying Abortion to Even the Most Vulnerable Women:

Abortion is the institutionalized, government sanctioned murder of children … approximately half of which are female. Additionally, abortion hurts the mother (and father) and all of civilized society, as well. Exactly who could be more vulnerable than defenseless woman and children, and why should anyone have license to kill even a single one of them?

Opposing Equal Rights for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People:

No such rights exist, and should any government ever decide to extend such rights, they would essentially be inviting citizens to freely commit serious, grave sin, which might very well result in divine judgment and their eternal damnation.

The Church is in the business of helping people overcome immorality and sin (otherwise known as the world, the flesh, and the devil) in the hope of securing the eternal salvation of their immortal souls.

While free will is an established theological principle, the wages of sin is death, and each of us will indeed be judged for the choices we make, no matter how corrupt, earthly governments might choose to rule.

The Church has a sacred duty to clearly point this out, and to stand firm on all the eternal truths.

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

Chastity and homosexuality

2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity,141 tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.”142 They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.

2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.

2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.

Failing to Address the Many Cases of Abuse of Children Within Its Own Organisation:

As if these guys could care less about such things! The only reason they bring this up is to use it as a club, with which to “beat” the Church.

Sure, the Church acted too slowly and somewhat late, in this matter! The Vatican routinely operates in just that fashion, in virtually every matter. It always has. Blame it on God, on Italians, or on bureaucracies. Your choice

At first, nobody even believed such a thing was possible. Then, the medical/psychiatric establishment failed, by providing faulty professional advice and counsel. Finally, in their frustration, some of the bishops “flipped a coin” and made wrong decisions. Having done so, they were stuck! Only when the facts began to come out did we learn the full extent of the scandal, and precisely how badly “stuck” they were.

The simple fact is, the problem has been identified, the victims are being compensated, the offenders are being punished, and the Church is taking comprehensive steps to make reasonably certain that the problem does not occur again.

I challenge anyone to name even one other religious and/or government organization (they all suffer from abuse scandals, and in much greater numbers than the Catholic Church) that has accomplished as much.

So, in the end, the critics are opposed to the Catholic Church primarily because the Church is just about the only thing standing in the way of their secular, humanist, homosexual, socialist/communist/atheist agenda … and they don’t want Pope Benedict coming around, getting people all riled up.

Too bad!

Papal Visit 2010: full itinerary

Thursday, September 16

08:10 Departure from Ciampino Airport, Rome
10:30 Arrival at Edinburgh International
Airport
11:00 State Welcome and Audience with HM Queen Elizabeth II, Palace of Holyrood House
11:40 State Reception in the grounds of the Palace of Holyrood House
13:00 Private Lunch with the Archbishop of
St Andrews and Edinburgh
17:15 Pope Benedict XVI presides at the
celebration of Mass, Bellahouston Park
20:00 Departure from Glasgow Airport
21:25 Arrival at Heathrow Airport

Friday, September 17

08:00 Private Celebration of Mass in the Chapel of the Apostolic Nunciature
10:00 Celebration of Catholic Education,
St Mary’s University College, Twickenham.
n Prayer with Representatives of Religious Congregations in St Mary’s Chapel
n Gathering with schoolchildren and students, Sports Arena, including the inauguration of the John Paul II Institute for Sport
11:30 Meeting with Religious Leaders and
People of Faith, Waldegrave Drawing Room, St Mary’s University College, Twickenham.
16:00 Fraternal Visit to the Archbishop of
Canterbury, Lambeth Palace
17:10 Address to Civil Society, Westminster Hall, Palace of Westminster
18:15 Celebration of Evening Prayer,
Westminster Abbey

Saturday, September 18

09:00 Courtesy call from the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Archbishop’s House, Westminster
09:20 Courtesy call from the Deputy Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP
09:30 Courtesy call from the Acting Leader of HM Opposition, the Rt Hon Harriet Harman
10:00 Mass in the Cathedral of the Most
Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ,
Westminster
Pope Benedict will greet 2,500 young
people gathered in the Piazza to welcome him
Pope Benedict will greet the people of Wales
17:00 Visit to St Peter’s Residence for Older People, Vauxhall
18:15 Prayer Vigil on the Eve of the
Beatification of Cardinal Newman, Hyde Park

Sunday, September 19

08:00 Farewell to the Apostolic Nunciature, Wimbledon
08:45 Departure by helicopter for Birmingham, Wimbledon Park
09:30 Arrival by helicopter in Birmingham
10:00 Celebration of Mass with the Beatification of Cardinal Newman, Cofton Park
13:10 Private Visit to the Oratory of St Philip Neri, Edgbaston, Birmingham
13:45 Lunch with the Bishops of England, Scotland and Wales and the Papal Entourage, Oscott College
16:45 Meeting with the Bishops of England, Scotland and Wales, Seminary Chapel, Oscott College
18:15 Departure Ceremony, Birmingham
International Airport

Susan Boyle’s ‘wildest dreams’ come true as she sings for the Pope

Singing sensation Susan Boyle said the chance to sing in front of the Pope at an open-air Mass is “beyond her wildest dreams”.

The 49-year-old is performing three songs, including her smash hit I Dreamed A Dream, which catapulted her to fame on TV’s Britain’s Got Talent.

Boyle, from Blackburn in West Lothian, has already sang her hit song at Bellahouston Park in Glasgow, ahead of the Pope’s open-air Mass. She will perform again infront of 65,000 people.

Speaking about what the event meant to her, she told BBC Reporting Scotland: “It’s hard to describe it. It’s hard to put into words, really. But it will be a very humbling experience, a very indescribable experience. It’s beyond my imagination, beyond my wildest dreams.”

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Pope Benedict arrives in England


Speaking to reporters traveling with him from Rome, Benedict said the church’s top priority now was to help abuse victims heal — yet the comments failed to satisfy victims’ groups.

Benedict’s historic four-day visit has been overshadowed by disgust over the abuse scandal and indifference in Britain, where Catholics are a minority at 10 percent and endured centuries of bloody persecution and discrimination until the early 1800s.

The trip is the first state visit by a pope to the U.K., and his meeting with Queen Elizabeth II was symbolically significant because of the historic divide between the officially Protestant nation and the Catholic Church.

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Watch LIVE Webcast of Benedict XVI’s Visit to the UK

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Itinerary released for Pope’s upcoming visit to the U.K.

On Occasion of Cardinal Newman’s Beatification

ROME, AUG. 18, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Here is the program released today by the Vatican press office for Benedict XVI’s apostolic journey to the United Kingdom, which will take place Sept. 16-19. During the trip the Pope will preside at the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman.

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Pope ought to “shake the dust off his feet” and skip visit to England

Matthew 10:11-15
And into whatsoever city or town you shall enter, inquire who in it is worthy, and there abide till you go thence.  And when you come into the house, salute it, saying: Peace be to this house.  And if that house be worthy, your peace shall come upon it; but if it be not worthy, your peace shall return to you.  And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words: going forth out of that house or city shake off the dust from your feet.  Amen I say to you, it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment, than for that city.

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Follow the Pope’s Wednesday visit to Fatima, Portugal: Official Shrine Site

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British government document “disses” the pope, illustrates level of official anti-Catholicism there

The Government has apologised to the Pope over official documents that mocked his forthcoming visit to Britain by suggesting he should bless a gay marriage and even launch Papal-branded condoms.

The astonishing proposals, leaked to The Sunday Telegraph, were contained in secret papers drawn up earlier this month by civil servants following a ‘brainstorm’.

The ideas, included in a memo headed ‘The ideal visit would see …’, ridiculed the Catholic Church’s teachings including its opposition to abortion, homosexual behaviour and contraception. Many appeared to be deliberately provocative rather than a serious attempt to plan an itinerary for the September visit.

The proposals, which were then circulated among key officials in Downing Street and Whitehall, also include the Pope opening an abortion ward; spending the night in a council flat in Bradford; doing forward rolls with children to promote healthy living; and even performing a duet with the Queen.

In reference to the hugely sensitive issue of child abuse engulfing the Catholic Church, the Government document suggests that the Pope should take a “harder line on child abuse – announce sacking of dodgy bishops” and “launch helpline for abused children”.

The document was sent out by a junior Foreign Office civil servant with a covering note admitting that some of the plans were “far-fetched”.

Recipients of the memo were furious at its content and an investigation was launched. One senior official was found responsible and has been transferred to other duties.

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Clueless Brits and EU put “The cart before the horse”

“As a Catholic, I am appalled by the attitude of the pope. Religious leaders should be trying to eradicate inequality, not perpetuate it,” said Hughes, who urged the pope to ensure “that existing EU legislation is properly applied in the Vatican.”

Editor’s note:

2ndTimothy 4:1-4
I charge thee, before God and Jesus Christ, who shall judge the living and the dead, by his coming and his kingdom: Preach the word: be instant in season, out of season: reprove, entreat, rebuke in all patience and doctrine.  For there shall be a time when they will not endure sound doctrine but, according to their own desires, they will heap to themselves teachers having itching ears:  And will indeed turn away their hearing from the truth, but will be turned unto fables.

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Bad vibes about the Pope’s upcoming trip to Scotland

Are the Scottish Catholic bishops putting enough effort into preparing for the Pope’s visit? Do some of them secretly wish he wasn’t heading north of the border?

That might seem a crazy suspicion to harbour, but I’m picking up some seriously bad vibes about certain Scottish bishops’ apathy and unpreparedness for the visit. “Basically, they can’t be bothered with it,” says a church source. “They want an easy life, and Benedict spells trouble for them.

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The Pope, President Obama, and the Little Green (Catholic) Book

bioethics

But will Barack Obama, the ABORTION President, actually read it?

Complete details of the July 10th Papal visit.

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Read the “little green book” for yourself

Pope to meet with Obama on July 10

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI will welcome U.S. President Barack Obama to the Vatican July 10 for an audience scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.